Joplin Police Department takes voluntary accreditation assessment.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Police Department took a virtual assessment Tuesday for reaccreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA.)

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Accreditation is a voluntary way to show a law enforcement agency’s ability to meet professional criteria. It requires departments to meet standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

“Well for the police department and their accreditation with CALEA, they were having a public hearing to basically have a voice from the community on people who would like to speak in favor of the police, or at least address that accreditation,” said Joplin Mayor Ryan Stanley. “So it’s just giving an opportunity for the public to speak into the process ”

The public was also invited to offer comments during the meeting, but no one did.